Upcoming Los Angeles concerts and festivals you can’t miss

by Maile Smith

Not sure what concerts and music festivals are coming up and eager to groove to your favorite tunes? Look no further! Check out the eight hottest concerts hitting Los Angeles from December through the first few months of the new year.

iHeartRadio Jingle Ball, Dec. 1

Some of the music industry’s biggest stars are coming to Los Angeles to celebrate the holidays! Come see Sabrina Carpenter, Niall Horan, AJR and Olivia Rodrigo (even though she’s a Trojan …), to name a few big names at this event, for as low as $60-70 for a ticket. This festive festival will be going down at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, about 12 miles from UCLA’s campus. Can’t make it? Watch it on Hulu the next day!

Stevie Nicks, Dec. 2

Want your dreams to come true? After the Jingle Ball, head back to the Kia Forum the next day to see Stevie Nicks, the lead singer of Fleetwood Mac and well-known solo artist. Nicks will be playing classics such as “Edge of Seventeen” and “Dreams,” songs sure to bring back some nostalgia. Tickets are currently going for $90-100 at the lowest, so act fast!

Brent Faiyaz, Dec. 5-Dec. 6

Trust me, you’re going to want to be there. R&B singer Brent Faiyaz will be singing at the YouTube Theater in Inglewood, about 13 miles from UCLA, to kick off the rescheduled F*ck the World It’s A Wasteland Tour. This artist is showcasing his hit R&B Album “Wasteland” along with popular songs like “Clouded” and “ALL MINE” that you won’t want to miss — but beware, the lowest priced tickets are nearly $240 and sure to rise.

Lil Tjay, Dec. 14

Like hip-hop and rap? Pop out to Lil Tjay’s Beat the Odds Tour at the Hollywood Palladium, about eight miles from campus. Lil Tjay’s hit songs from 2019, such as “F.N,” and frequent collaborations with well-known rappers may have given rise to his fame, but his new album “222” will get you moshing whether you know it or not. Tickets go as low as $65 right now!

Playboi Carti, Feb. 21

Start the new year off with this hot concert at the Crypto.com Arena (home to the Lakers) in downtown LA, a 30-minute drive from UCLA. American rapper Playboi Carti is best known for songs like “Magnolia” and his essential album “Whole Lotta Red,” and will be having popular artists including Ken Carson and Destroy Lonely opening. A whole lot of people are going to be here, so snatch tickets as low as $75-80 ASAP.

Bad Bunny, March 13-March 15

Bad Bunny’s Most Wanted Tour will be coming to Los Angeles for three days next year! The Puerto Rican singer recently debuted his new album, “Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va a Pasar Mañana” (Nobody Knows What Will Happen Tomorrow) — an instant success. Bad Bunny warns this is a trap-heavy concert for true fans only, so maybe reconsider going if you only know “Tití Me Preguntó.” The concert is at the Crypto.com Arena, with the lowest tickets selling for around $250.

Rolling Loud, March 15-March 17

One of hip-hop’s biggest festivals is just around the corner! Rolling Loud will be coming to Hollywood Park Grounds in Inglewood (next to Sofi Stadium) to showcase headliners Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Future and Metro Boomin, along with a trough of other recognized artists and bands over the course of three days. It’s not surprising that this lineup is attracting many fans, making three-day general admission tickets about $300-350 at the lowest. You’ll definitely make the bang for your buck!

Mitski, March 28-March 30

Following the release of her album “The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We,” Mitski will be going on tour, stopping at the Shrine Auditorium, about 15 miles from UCLA, with guest singer Julia Jacklin. Experience Mitski’s new song “My Love Mine All Mine,” which has gained widespread acclaim, and other favorites such as “Washing Machine Heart” and “I Bet on Losing Dogs” in person. Secure your tickets for about $90.

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